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U.S.-Philippine Armies refine skills during SALAKNIB

MANILA — U.S. Army soldiers and their Philippine Army (PA) counterparts conducted lessons and exercises in SALAKNIB, a program that aims to bolster the decades-long military alliance between the Philippines and the United States held in Luzon, from November 16 to 27, 2017.

The US Embassy said the allied forces participated in subject matter expert exchanges and practical exercises to share information, and further reinforce the illustrious, decades-long military partnership between the Philippines and Washington.

The American and Filipino soldiers shared information such as gunnery procedures and maintenance for the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, artillery tactics and processes, as well as study and validation of the PA Sustainment Functional Concept Document, which establishes a common framework to guide developments for sustaining future Army operations.

The embassy said the Philippine soldiers then fired Artillery and M113 Gunnery to demonstrate their newly burnished skills.

These exchanges of inform-ation and practical exercises serve as a foundation for future training, including SALAKNIB Part B in April 2018 and culminating with BALIKATAN in May 2018. (Tawid News/Source US Embassy)